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France: Lorraine cemetery largest WWII American gravesite in Europe.

23-09-2015

In the rolling hills of eastern France lie the remains of 10.489 Americans who gave their lives for their country. Beneath a perfectly manicured lawn between twin waving American flags, they rest at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial.

The cemetery, on the outskirts of St.-Avold, is one of 24 cemeteries administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission. It is the largest American World War II cemetery in Europe. Only the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, with 14.246 World War I casualties, is larger. The cemetery with the most war dead administered by the ABMC is Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines, with 17.201 service members who perished in WWII.

There are 30 sets of brothers buried here, and four Medal of Honor recipients: Andrew Miller   ,

Fredrick Murphy  , Ruben Rivers    and David Waybur.

Among them are service members from every U.S. state, and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as from Canada, the United Kingdom and Panama.

All those buried here had their own stories, but one of the more interesting ones is that of Leonora Lindsley.   

She joined the Rochambelles, an international all-female ambulance unit formed by a wealthy American widow. When the women were barred by the State Department from going overseas, she joined the American Red Cross to serve in Europe. She later rejoined the Rochambelles and was killed in a freak road accident.

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